Nicola works as a Doula, supporting women and their partners during labour and birth. Her certification is with the legendary Michel Odent.
A Doula provides the care, confidence, support, love and female presence that is essential for a laboring woman. Through meeting the mother during her pregnancy a Doula will understand how she can best support her to feel safe and empowered during her birth. A Doula is there to support the mothers’ decisions, helping her to achieve the best birth experience for herself and her baby.
Doulas do not make decisions or give medical advice but they are an immense source of support and care to the woman (and birth partners). Research has shown laboring women with constant female emotional support are less likely to have pain relief and more likely to have a physiological birth with less medical intervention.
It may look like a Doula is doing very little, but the immense impact and effect on a laboring woman, birth partner and whole environment changes as an empowered mother figure with confidence and unwavering support is present throughout.
“Nicola was my doula for the birth of my second child. She kept me and my husband calm during labour and made me feel capable and strong during birth. She is incredibly caring and intuitive and empowered me to have the natural birth that I wanted. She has supported me through 2 pregnancies, a birth, and has also helped me get strong again during my postnatal period with the right exercise and breathing work specific to my needs. I feel so lucky to have had her in my life!”. Laura